This September and in collaboration with PAF, ScreenSaverGallery brings a solo exhibition of New York based multidisciplinary artist and musician Yoshi Sodeoka. The show is held in the atypical exhibition space of “your screen-saver”.
Yoshi Sodeoka is a multidisciplinary artist and musician from Yokohama, Japan. He has lived and worked in New York for more than two decades. He gained his place in the programme of this year's PAF because he is one of the significant people with authorial style who, by means of the digital medium, refer to the structure of an analogue image which is brilliantly aesthetized and fetishized at the same time. However, it is not only the use of analogue glitch which originated naturally, or its digital simulation, but also the use of old video feedback, digital-analogue mash-ups and remixes, videos composed of playful letters of the ASCII code, and work with simulation of low resolution, which is typical for Sodeoka and highlights the hidden (or more precisely: nowadays vehemently concealed) image structure, its inner laws and kinetics.
From the content of the video, attention turns to the two-dimensional image surface; from the things that occur inside the image to the image itself; for its visual qualities. The motion here serves as an artistic expression, not as a mediated narrative; and audience accessibility is ensured by the fundamental interconnection of Sodeoka's works and music. It is progressive rock and especially psychedelia that are the most significant denominators of Sodeoka's contemporary work. He rejects majority audio-visual/digital discourse and his work is characterised by its original quasi-retro approaches, a literal visual tornado and a fantastic, colourful floor, all attacking the audience's senses even more intensively than the psychedelic drugs of the 1960s.
Yoshi Sodeoka: print from Distortion II series (2011)
Besides producing significant authorial music video clips, and his frequent cooperation with various interpreters, Yoshihide Sodeoka is also an outstanding name within the net art community, and not only because of his famous psychedelic gifs, ASCII art videos, "pirate broadcasting" Prototype #44 and Net Pirate Number Station (interactive video, 2004).
Art works by Yoshi Sodeoka were presented already at PAF 2013 within the programme section called Kinetics of Image. We introduced audiovisual installation Psychedelic Death Vomit (Slight Return) 3D and commented screening of Sodeoka’s videos curated by Marie Meixnerová. In February 2014, PAF introduced Sodeoka’s video works at audiovisual festival re:VIZOR in Veselí nad Moravou, Czech Republic.
Yoshihide Sodeoka: Carbonated Formulas #2
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curated by Marie Meixnerová